Tinted windows protect homes and cars in Jacksonville from both heat and light, creating a cooler and safer interior space. In the time tinting has been available for windows, manufacturers have continually upgraded their products. Older versions of window tint are actually a type of dyed film that sticks like an adhesive. Some films are metalized, which further reflects light particles and also creates a protective and scratch-resistant surface. Newer window tints are made with carbon-nano fibers and ceramics. The carbon-nano and ceramic window tints are the best options for home, commercial, and vehicle use because they last the longest and provide the best layer of protection against heat, sunlight, and radiation. Unlike metallized tint films, ceramic and carbon-nano window tint does not interfere with cellular reception or GPS, and also blocks ultraviolet light from the house or car. Also unlike older types of dyed polyester tints, the newer ceramic, carbon-nano, and metallic tints do not alter the appearance of the window with an obviously dark tone.
Dyed window tints are more often used in automobiles than on homes or other large scale tinting projects in Jacksonville. The usefulness of dyed tints is limited, and they do not last a long time—in many cases a matter of months because of the effect the hot sun has on fading the dyes and wrinkling the material. Dyed tints also lack the protection against heat; they mainly provide the dark tinted look that used to be popular in the 1980s. Newer window tints used on both cars and on homes work on completely different principles. carbon-nano blocks both infrared and visible light, protecting upholstery from fading. Homeowners prefer window tinting also to protect their valuables from the effects of excess heat and sunlight, as well as reducing the reliance on air conditioning.